Today you can win a copy of ‘Licking the Spoon’ by Candace Walsh.

My memory is not great. I can barely remember anything that happened as a child and am constantly letting my own children down by not being able to remember their first steps, first words, and other important occasions that mothers really should have etched in their minds forever.

A lot of the memories I do have are connecting with food, primarily the smell of certain foods and of meals being cooked. View Post


‘Ay up.

(That was me experimenting with accents. I don’t think it went well. I won’t do it again.)

Today I’m giving a bit of a plug to a whole month of competitions that Whitworths Sugar are running over on Twitter during February. As you know, I’ve been getting my bake on with Whitworths lately, so thought I would help you to win your own Whitworths Sugar goody bag, so you can make delicious pear and ginger cake too.

"Baking sugar"Whitworths is holding a different competition every week, with three winners being picked at random every week. Here’s what you have to do: View Post


I did a very noble thing this week.

Chatham Marine asked me if I’d like to review a pair of their shoes and I said no. I said it for you loyal reader. I said it so that you could have the chance to win the shoes instead.

I know, I am lovely, you’re right.

If you’re looking for a pair of deck shoes that provide exceptional quality, comfort and functionality, as well as quintessential nautical style, then look no further than Chatham Marine. (I pinched that bit off their website. It sounds good though doesn’t it? I’m not sure I’ve ever typed the word quintessential before.)

It’s not just deck shoes though, they have some really lovely boots, casual shoes, and these rather gorgeous Chelsea boots too:

"Chelsea boots"

If you win, you’ll get £70 to spend on anything you like on the site – just enough for the Chelsea boots if they take your fancy!

To enter, just sign up here. The competition will close on 28 February and you can read the full T&Cs here.

Sponsored post – produced in association with Chatham Marine. Listed on ThePrizeFinder – UK Competitions


Did you enter my recent competition to win £50 of vouchers to spend at The Co-operative, not to mention a fun food planner?

Good. I should hope so too.

This is just to let you know that I have now put all of the entries into my magic hi-tech competition hat, and the winner, chosen at random is…

*Annoyingly long X-Factor style pause*

(See, annoying isn’t it?)

Natalie Holland!

Well done Natalie – an email is on it’s way to you as we speak!

If you weren’t lucky this time, fear not, I have a competition to win £70 to spend on shoes here!


This competition is now closed.

I’ve got a little competition for you today. When I was first approached about it, I have to confess that I saw the word ‘IQ test’ and immediately wanted to take part. It’s not that I’m competitive, I just like to be the cleverest. All of the time.

"Be food smart"Don’t panic though, it’s not an ordinary IQ test – this one is a food IQ quiz, to see how much you know about hidden nasties like fat and salt. Apparently 77% of respondents have scored 50% or less, so I’m sure you won’t be able to resist seeing if you can do better.*

The quiz is part of the he Government’s healthy living initiative Change4Life and the new ‘Be Food Smart’ campaign, and as an extra incentive, everyone who signs up to Change4Life gets one of these funky ‘Meal Mixer’ healthy meal planners:

"meal planner"

If you’d like to win a meal mixer AND £50 to spend on food at the co-operative, all you have to do is take the food IQ quiz and share your score. There will be a bonus entry for liking the Slummy single mummy Facebook page and for every time you share this post.

Entry will close on 30th January and a winner will be picked at random after that date.

Good luck!

*I got 75%. Just saying. Not that it matters. *Whistles casually*

Also listed at ThePrizeFinder – UK Competitions